Organiser: Arc de Sant Martí Foundation

Collaborating organisation: Ramon Molinas Foundation.

Dates of implementation: 01/07/2019 – 31/12/2019.

 

The Arc de Sant Martí Foundation Housing Complex, designed to promote the personal autonomy of people with intellectual disabilities

The Ramon Molinas Foundation has collaborated in the construction of a Housing Complex for people with intellectual disabilities at the Arc de Sant Martí Foundation, by donating and installing wall readers that make up part of the access control and alert system of the building.

The Arc de Sant Martí Foundation Housing Complex for people with intellectual disabilities goes above and beyond traditional models of healthcare. The whole design of the building, and the physical and technological adaptations installed, have been developed with the purpose of promoting the personal autonomy of its users.  The equipment has been adapted to the needs of the people living in the complex, supporting them to live self-directed lives. The Housing Complex therefore helps people with intellectual disabilities with to develop proficiency and skills that will contribute to the development of their functional ability, personal and social autonomy, and as active members of the community.

 

A resource to help a total of 48 people with disabilities, distributed in 20 homes

At 1,900 meters squared, the Arc de Sant Martí Foundation Housing Complex has the capacity to house a total of 48 people, distributed between 20 homes. The property has eight apartments of two single rooms, eight apartments with double rooms and four apartments with one single room. All apartments have a bathroom, kitchen, living room and terrace.

The service aims to support the right of people with intellectual disabilities to become independent from their nuclear family and offer them the opportunity to live in a couple. As part of a labour market integration project, the Housing Complex has also created four job positions for people with a disability, including a position in maintenance,  supporting the educational team, concierge and laundry service. Lastly, with the objective of improving quality of life for the families, the Housing Complex can sleep eight people for short-term stays.

 

Access control and alert system

The Arc de Sant Martí Foundation Housing Complex was created with the intention of offering comfortable accommodation and to promote the personal autonomy of people with intellectual disabilities, in accordance with the principles of universal accessibility. The organisation carried out an extensive study before adapting the space. The analysis explored how people would utilise the building and determined the features that would most encourage personal autonomy, such as orientation and movement between the different rooms. The property was then built with all the necessary physical and cognitive accessibility that ensure that it is compatible for all profiles of the users at the Foundation.

To support the users’ personal autonomy, the Arc de Sant Martí Foundation devised an access control and alert system. Every user is provided with a personalised card that gives them access to the spaces and resources in the building. The card is functions as the key that opens the user’s bedroom door, but also provides access to different areas of the building and (potentially dangerous) electrical appliances depending on the person’s abilities.

The access control and alert system includes wall readers, that also control access to electrical appliances; handles and alarms installed in the bathrooms so users can alert staff when they need assistance; an audio induction loop, assistive listening technology for users with hearing aids that makes it easier for users to hear their environment, for orientation, mobility, and to improve sound perception; and smart locks, that provide access to the apartments and spaces of the building, among other features.

 

The Arc de Sant Martí Foundation, an organisation whose mission is to improve the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities

The Arc de Sant Martí Foundation is an organisation created in 1986 with the aim of improving the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. With its roots in Martorell, the Arc de Sant Martí Foundation also helps residents Baix Llobregat Nord.

According to data from the Catalan Statistics Institute, Baix Llobregat is the region with the third highest number of people with an intellectual disability in Catalonia, after Barcelonès and Vallès Occidental. Martorell has the second highest number of residents with an intellectual disability, with 221 people, just behind Sant Vicenç dels Horts (228 people).

The Arc de Sant Martí Foundation aims to improve access to training and labour market integration, creating and managing activities and services that promote the full inclusion of  people with intellectual disabilities. Aside from the Housing Complex, the organisation has a Day Care Centre since 2008.

 

Links of interest:

Arc de Sant Martí Foundation website.